I think you will find that quite a few free market Tories support the idea of Scottish independence. They certainly dont view independence as some sort of red menace. Strange that only the far left in Scotland see Scottish independence as a step towards socialism and a blow against imperialism. You think someone like Murdoch would perceive the danger but no he supports Scottish independence as do Souter etc. The fact that new labour and the Tories oppose Scottish independence does not mean that independence is step forward for the working class. They both support more devolution but oppose Scottish independence for their own political reasons connected with the political self interest of their parties. The British ruling class dont support Scottish independence. However it is clear they will not use force to oppose it since Capital could live with an independent free market Scotland. Indeed sections of the capitalist intellegencia have pointed out the advantages of Scottish independence in driving down tax rates on business and increasing competition ( read increasing exploitation of the working class) see articles in the economist and FT. The rise of Scottish nationalism has the advantage of combating and side-lining socialist conciousness which used to be quite a big factor in Scotland and also in weakening solidarity between workers in Scotland and England. The fact that new labour and the tories and the liberals oppose each other at election times does not mean that they are not all neo liberal.
I'm not sure if you are actually aware of the mainstay of the SNP's electoral base but if we see independence all those people from the north east, Perthshire etc who used to vote Tory (and who’ve been the mainstay of the SNP vote since the 70s) will emerge into the light - remember the conservatives at one point got over 50% of the vote in Scotland, 25% of voters even went for Thatcher in 1992 (where do you reckon this has gone? The SNP and the Lib Dems is where). Jim Mather SNP MSP and cabinet member even said that Any notion that an independent Scotland would be a left wing country is delusional nonsense. The SNP is a middle class formulation which is largely a mouth-piece for the Scottish middle class (and some others like Mel Gibson who think they’re Scottish). The SNP’s recent conversion to social democracy is in my view a temporary tactic to win over the Scottish wc. Populism in a word. A few years ago my local council voted to abolish sheltered housing wardens. A Labour and Lib Dem coalition in effect and opposed by the SNP and the Tories. In the neighbouring council the sheltered housing wardens were also removed. Voted for by the SNP/Tory coalition and opposed by New Labour and the Lib Dems. Tweedledees and Tweedledums. They are all ****e and anti-working class – careerists all managing cuts. *******s to the "left wing" (lol) SNP and their non-independence in the neoliberal institution of the EU (which is forcing much more devastating cuts, as well as destroying democracy in Greece and Ireland at the moment)!
There are people in Scotland (and elsewhere) who think that independence in and of its self is a positive good. Connery and Brian Souter are two people who come to mind. They are vicious conservatives who haven’t got a socialist bone in their bodies. Salmond may not be quite as bad but I don’t think we should delude ourselves that he and the SNP want a socialist Scotland anytime soon - and you and the SNP should stop misleading the Scottish public on this issue. The News Corp stuff is just simply more evidence of the fact that he is an unprincipled populist. Souter particularly is a disgusting man, and is the leading contributor of money to the SNP - Souter is a man who funded one of the most hurtful and bigoted campaigns in recent times. The Keep The Clause Campaign - an utterly shameful period in Scotland’s history. Leaving his homphobia aside, Only two parties in Scotland are opposed to some form of re-regulation of the bus industry: the Tories and the SNP. The SNP’s position is rather harder to understand. After all, they pride themselves on being a 'left as centre' as you proudly claim right? Hmmm, could it be that the SNP's largest donor of funds is Brian Souter, the owner of Stagecoach buses. Hmmm! I think it might! Salmond even promised regulation of buses, wonder why he has dropped it! He is a fat corporatist git.
I actually hate the SNP more than the Tories, they are a bunch of pied pipers manipulating Scotland's both left wing tradition and our historical heritage so they can enact their vision of a free market and capitalist Scotland within the EU (controlled by high finance and unelected capitalists in Frankfurt). Using the Euro. At least we know where we stand with the Tories.